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The Gun Goes to Hollywood

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 14 March 2011

The Pride and the Passion is Hollywood's 1957 adaptation of The Gun, by C S Forester. It's set in Spain during the Napoleonic wars and tells the story of Captain Anthony Trumbull, played by Cary Grant, a British military officer, who is ordered to retrieve an enormous cannon and transport it across Spain to the British lines, where it will be used to attack the French garrison at Avila. Guerrilla leader Miguel, played by Frank Sinatra, agrees to help, even though he despises the Englishman, and Miguel's feisty girlfriend Juana, played by Sophia Loren, comes with them. Along the way Juana falls in love with Trundall. But the film had a notoriously troubled set. Sinatra left the production early because of marriage difficulties with Ava Gardner, and Grant, then 53, fell in love with his co-star Loren, 23. Mike Walker's play imagines the behind-the-scenes ructions from the viewpoint of the script doctor, Earl Felton, who was drafted in to save the day.

A BBC/Cymru Wales production, directed by Kate McAll.


Earl Felton
Steven Weber
Cary Grant
Gregory Itzin
Sophia Loren
Kate Steele
Frank Sinatra
Jonathan Silverman
Stanley Kramer
Jonathan Getz
Andre Sogliuzzo
Tom Virtue
Mike Walker
Kate McAll
Kate McAll



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